No soldiers, just aid: PM outlines anti-IS role

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Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma told LTV morning news program Panorāma Tuesday that Latvia will not be sending soldiers to Iraq as part of the US-led 40-state coalition pledged to fight the Islamic State (IS) militant network there and possibly in wide areas of Syria, where it has also entrenched.

Rather, coordinating with the other Baltic and European states joining the US campaign of airstrikes and other military measures against the extreme fundamentalist political insurgency, Latvia will be providing as yet undetermined forms of humanitarian aid.

“We talked with the foreign and defense ministers about this, and I can say right away that there won’t be our soldiers, it will not be our soldiers, it will be some type of humanitarian aid, what kind I can't say today, medical goods, perhaps,” she explained, deferring to further discussion under United Nations auspices.

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